Inside Athletics

Ends justify the means, six medals a must

On a hot August night in Beijing in 2008, after Steve Hooker, Sally Pearson and Jared Tallent had delivered athletics its best Olympic result in 40 years; Athletics Australia president Rob Fildes breathlessly announced a six medal target for London.

It's an ambitious goal, one worth pursuing, and one which AA has aggressively pursued.

The Beijing campaign was led by high performance manager Max Binnington. But he was viewed as being ``not hard enough'' so was replaced by the ambitious Eric Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth came to AA with a colourful background in performance roles and has become the athletics supremo.

He's survived more than one internal investigation and whilst not enjoying full board support, he has the support of Fildes as the man who can deliver six medals.

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